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  • Funding awarded for Georges Pond watershed restoration

    FRANKLIN — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has awarded the Georges Pond Association a $45,960 federal grant to reduce pollution in the Georges Pond watershed. The estimated project cost is $79,066, with $33,106 promised from project partners coupled with the federal grant. The pond association has

  • Hills House closer to reopening

    Hills House closer to reopening

    ELLSWORTH — Hills House, a residence for women in recovery and their children, is closer to reopening. The residence, and its umbrella organization, Open Door Recovery Center, closed in July 2019 due to financial troubles. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane has been working with a board of volunteers to get the facility relicensed so it

  • New boats and old make their marks in regatta

    New boats and old make their marks in regatta

    BROOKLIN — The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta fleet is always a mixture of old boats and new, with the common denominator being that all of them are of wooden construction. While the 66-boat fleet for last Saturday’s race included plenty of elegant antiques — Desperate Lark, Bob Vaughn’s Herreshoff Bar Harbor 30 launched in 1903, was

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Aug. 6

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Aug. 6

    ELLSWORTH — A Sedgwick man was injured after his pickup truck went off the road, struck a ditch, went airborne and then hit a utility pole and several trees before coming to rest on the Ellsworth Road in Blue Hill July 30, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputy Chris Sargent said Thomas Frade, 29,

  • Maine State Police Log Week of Aug. 6

    Maine State Police Log Week of Aug. 6

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police arrested a Hancock man Saturday who allegedly had been going into buildings and vehicles without permission. Trooper Owen Reed arrested David Mraz, 43, on a charge of criminal trespass. Cpl. Chris Smith and his police dog Winger, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Marine Patrol assisted. More

  • Hancock County Jail log July 27-29

    Hancock County Jail log July 27-29

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between July 27 and 29: Amanda J. Woods, 32, Searsport, domestic violence assault. Charles E. Skovgaard, 72, Surry, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Toby S. Casey, 70, Southwest Harbor, failure to appear. Ricky D. Skillings Jr., 42, Ellsworth,

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 6

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 6

    ELLSWORTH — Officers took information from a local resident who reported on July 27 that a scammer from Mexico had convinced the employee of a store to wire $1,810 from the business’s safe. A woman told police on Aug. 3 that she had been threatened in the parking lot of a local convenience store by

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of Aug. 6

    Bucksport Police Log Week of Aug. 6

    BUCKSPORT — Police arrested three motorists suspected of driving while impaired during the past week. Officer Ryan Welch arrested Jessie Moore, 24, of Bucksport on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and theft Saturday. Officer Robert Findlay arrested Josephine Bouchard, 47, of Milford on a charge of OUI

  • RSU 25 plans for September

    RSU 25 plans for September

    BUCKSPORT — There are a couple of certainties, so to speak, in the proposed plan to return to school Sept. 8 amid the COVID-19 pandemic: everyone will be wearing masks or face shields and there won’t be as many students in schools. “The reality is we cannot get 100 percent of our kids back in

  • Judge in whale protection case expected to set deadline for new rules

    ELLSWORTH — Last month, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, violated federal environmental protection laws several years ago when a “biological opinion” it issued failed to give adequate consideration to the risk the lobster fishery posed to endangered right